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FIGURE 8.16

Framing Janet Leigh

Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock, Paramount-Shamley Productions, USA, 1960

These four frames are extracted from the famous shower-murder scene, in which the ostensible heroine, played by Janet Leigh, is the victim of a bloody attack while in the shower:

Frame 1: closeup: detail from the face of actress Janet Leigh

Frame 2: insert: close shot of a body part other than the face

Frame 3: insert: close shot of an object—the shower drain that rinses away the victim’s blood

Frame 4: closeup: another detail of the actor’s face

The shots in Frames 1 and 4 may also be called extreme closeups (or big closeups) because they’re closer to the subject—a detail of the human figure—than is necessary for the closeup.

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